Archive for the ‘Independent Contractor’ Category

Webinar on Consequences of Misclassifying Independent Contractors

Have you designated your California worker as an independent contractor or employee, and do you know the difference under California law? These are multimillion-dollar questions as class action “misclassification” lawsuits continue to rise at the federal and state levels. It’s not just unhappy workers igniting the firestorm. Both the U.S. Department of Labor and California’s […]

24 Aug 16 - Independent Contractor - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

$226.5 Million Settlement in Independent Contractor Case Proceeds

In a closely watched case, a California federal court conditionally approved a $226.5 million settlement with FedEx drivers in a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in California. The lawsuit alleged that the drivers were improperly classified as independent contractors. The settlement is a result of a 2014 Ninth Circuit decision which rejected FedEx’s […]

22 Apr 16 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Misclassified Housecleaners Receive $50K Each in Back Pay

The California Labor Commissioner recently intervened on behalf of a group of housecleaners who were improperly classified as independent contractors and paid less than minimum wage with no overtime. The five housecleaners, who typically worked over 10 hours a day, will receive an average of $50,000 each in back pay. The investigation began last year […]

19 Feb 16 - Compensation, Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Agencies continue to focus on companies using temp workers.

Department of Labor Sets Broad Definition of Joint Employer

Employers who contract out for services are increasingly being held responsible by enforcement agencies for wage and hour and other labor violations. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new joint employer guidance in an attempt to hold more companies responsible for workers they may hire indirectly, such as when a company uses a […]

21 Jan 16 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Misclassification Lawsuit Moves Forward for Uber Drivers

Yesterday, a California federal judge granted class action status to Uber drivers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied tips that they were entitled to because they were in fact employees. Class action status means the employees can proceed as a group instead of having to litigate individual claims. San Francisco-based ride […]

2 Sep 15 - Independent Contractor - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »